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3:15 pm July 31st, 2012

Aug. 7 – election day – is the deadline for voting in the primary election. The Pierce County auditor’s elections department mailed ballots July 20 to registered voters, who can return them by mail in the self-addressed envelopes that were provided, or at any of the 33 official dropboxes placed throughout the county. Locations include the South Hill branch of Pierce County Library System in South Hill (15420 Meridian Ave E.), the Pierce Transit park-and-ride lot at State Route 507 and Pacific Avenue South in Spanaway, and the county road maintenance facility in Spanaway at 196th Street East and Canyon Road. County and statewide offices are on the ballot, along with a local levy for Fire District 23, which serves Ashford, Elbe and Alder.

Becker and Alexander plan voter ‘coffee’

Two Second District Republican candidates for the Legislature will host a get-together with voters this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eatonville branch of Pierce County Library System.
Sen. Randi Becker and Rep. Gary Alexander will “share a cup of coffee” with voters and talk about their concerns, organizers of the event said.
Becker faces a primary election challenge from Republican Jim Vaugh and Democrat Bruce Lachney.
Alexander, now in the Second District because of redistricting, will face Democrat Greg Hartman in the general election in November. They’re the only candidartes in the primary for the Position 1 state representative seat.
Candidate for Congress carries a big stick
James Windle hopes that running in rush-hour traffic with a five-foot log will convince voters he’s the right candidate for congressman from the Eighth District.
Windle, an independent, plans his log-carrying campaign stunt for this week and through next Monday, the day before primary election day in the race for the seat that represents part of Pierce County, including the Eatonville area.
Windle said he’ll run with the 37-pound log in eight cities, none of them in Pierce County, to show “how committed I am to do the heavy lifting and get this country moving forward again.”
Reichert honored by working-families advocate
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, who’s running for re-election as the Eighth District’s congressman, has received the 2012 Best of Congress Award from Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media.
Thirty members of Congress, including Republicans (like Reichert) and Democrats, were honored for their legislative efforts to improve the quality of life for working families. That includes giving their staff members “flexible work arrangements and paid family leave,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. She said that indicates similar support for constituents.

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